Welcome to the new and improved MindfulEm's Toolkit for the Mind! As many of you know, I am an avid writer and my words can be found all across the World Wide Web (psst... you can see these articles via my Contently portfolio). So what is this Toolkit for the Mind? There are lots of … Continue reading Welcome to MindfulEm’s Toolkit for the Mind
In the UK, around 1 in 8 adults are carers, with 1.3 million people estimated to be providing care for 50+ hours per week. It is also estimated that 700,000 to 1 million under 18s are young carers. According to the charity Carers UK, carers providing high levels of care are more likely to suffer … Continue reading Kindness is the theme of #MHAW20. This year, let’s show some kindness to the 9 million unpaid carers.
Eating disorders cause physiological changes to the brain, and research has shown the effects of losing weight in a short space of time. In my MHFA plenary sessions, I introduce the Minnesota Starvation Experiment and discuss its relevance in understanding eating disorders, particularly anorexia. The study was handed to me in paper-format when I was … Continue reading The Minnesota Starvation Experiment 1944: lessons learned for anorexia.
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. It is a topic of which I am deeply passionate, and is at the heart of my business: from delivering the 2-Day Youth Mental Health First Aid course, to research, to workshops in schools. Every generation faces … Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2018: Children and Young People. Why is there a ticking time bomb?
University is supposed to be the best time of our lives, right? When speaking to people from your parents' generation, watching the TV and reading the newspapers, it's so frequently portrayed as the most care-free time of booze, late nights, and the occasional lecture. Put simply, it is portrayed as being one big party away … Continue reading Managing Freshers When Coping with Mental Health Problems
If you've struggled with eating disorders, you'll know all about that little voice: the one which is obsessed with numbers on a scale, nutritional guidelines and calorie counting. When it comes to exercise, not much changes. So often, to the mind of the person with anorexia or bulimia (or any ED that doesn't fit neatly … Continue reading Exercise after a history of Eating Disorders: it’s about resetting the goal posts.
It's the racing mind with thoughts that won't slow down. It's the compulsion to undertake lots of activities at once. It's the claustrophobia felt when surrounded by people. It's the fear of being alone. It's the need to escape from being indoors. It's the feeling of suffocation even when you're outside. It's … Continue reading Anxiety: from racing mind to irrational thoughts – an insider’s story.
When a computer has too many tabs open, what happens? Loading programs and websites slows down but its components speed up, heat up, and whir like crazy. Just like a computer which has been overloaded by too many processes, the mind can start to panic when too many things are going on at once. For … Continue reading Derealisation – the mind’s defence mechanism.